Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Last week I told stories at the Fremont Public Library. I was seated by the fire with decorated
pumpkins all around. I had to talk this photo when I was finished as it was definitely
a piece of art!

Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays for most of my life.
There was something so magical about it when we were kids; making our our costumes, trick-or-treating weeks before the day, and then sorting and stashing away our candy for the winter months.

I still feel exactly life this. Could that be one of the reasons I grew up to be a storyteller? I love ghost stories. I love traveling to different libraries, schools, and, yes, cemeteries to share my stories.

My classes at Trine University even presented an evening with Poe which was very successful with a full house and poetry read by engineering students.

So, the day finally comes and I am still loving it. The house is decorated from top to bottom with lights and pumpkins and such. We are having a full day of rain and howling wind today so we shall see what comes of the evening hours. But then again, Halloween is scary! 

A special Happy Birthday to my mom in England. I was always so jealous that she was born on Halloween and I was not.

Enjoy the day for what it is. Dress up in your favorite, or not so favorite costume, and open your door for all the kids. You can be sure I will be waiting for them tonight at the bewitching hour!

Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Tales...

Dear Friends,

This month of October has been literally filled with storytelling events, shows, rehearsals, and evenings by the fire.

My small town is decked out in pumpkins, orange lights, large spiders that light up when you pass, and the tumbling of russet leaves.

It is hard to find a more beautiful place than the Midwest during Autumn. But then again...upstate New York, Vermont, Oregon, Ocracoke...well, need I add more?

Friday night I will be telling tales at the Fremont Public Library for their Pumpkin Trail. This is suitable for young families. Come in costume, walk the trail, sit by the fire with me for a few 'not so scary' stories and find your way home in the dark. This event will be held from 5-7.

Saturday evening is the annual event at Pokagon featuring ghost stories. I will be sharing the stage with friend and storyteller, Steve Etheridge. I have been told this is our 22nd year at Pokagon. The children's stories are at 7:00 after Trick or Treating in the park. The adults will gather for stories at 8:30. Please dress warmly, it promises to be cold.

On Halloween Eve at seven bells (October 30th at 7:00) I am hosting Poe night at Trine University. The event will be held at Wells Theatre. Bring a friend and a poem or just listen to our renditions of "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Raven" both by Poe, of course, as well as other selected pieces.

I know lots of you readers live far away and are unable to attend, but please support the arts in your local communities. I am sure there are concerts and Poe readings everywhere!

As always, thank you for supporting my work, and until later...


Lou Ann

Monday, October 21, 2013

OK, writers; it’s time for the annual novel exercise...

OK, writers; it’s time for the annual novel exercise - KPCNews: Kpcnews

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to start the National Novel Writing Month beginning November 1st. I am looking for a few good writing buddies to bounce off ideas and push each other along. The deal is to write 50,000 in 30 days. Ah, come on, you can do it. It is dark and quiet on those early November days so this will spruce up your intro to Winter with writing in the quiet mornings.

The above column will tell more of the story. Just click the above link and there is my column.

As always, thank you for reading. 

I realize I get behind at times, where do the stories go?

Lou Ann

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Welcome to the Halloween season in Indiana!

Time for the Halloween season fun to begin! - KPCNews: Kpcnews

Here is the link for last week's column. Just click the above and enjoy. More columns to come as I got a bit behind. Thank you for your patience! Lou Ann